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The Federalist Papers and the Illusion of Safety

Cool! I've found links to the Federalist Papers online, as well as the Anti-Federalist Papers. I look forward to reading them.

Just finished listening to a speech that President Bush gave at a college in Missouri. He pointed out on a humorous note that four more years of him means four more years of Laura. *snicker* Oddly enough, that was exactly my sentiment, regarding Barbara Bush.

It seems that someone--I can't remember whether it was Jesse Jackson or someone else--accused Bush of book-burning. Now, I ask you--Do you really think the husband of a librarian would be caught dead advocating the burning of books? Laura would kick his ass for even suggesting such a thing.

What is all this bullshit about John Kerry in the clean suit?! He doesn't look silly, to me; he simply looks like a lab tech in a clean suit. It really pisses me off that the news media are going gaga over this, even Fox News, who usually have more intelligence, except when Geraldo is on. It's a non-issue, folks! Go back to reporting the real news!

Mark and I will be going to see The Village this afternoon with our friend Tom. It looks like a fascinating movie, to me, not at all like your typical slasher/horror flick. I like the fantasy element.

The report of the 9/11 Commission is a best-seller. I am totally thrilled at this! Looks like Joe Lieberman is the ranking Democrat on the committee that is working to implement the report's suggestions. I like Lieberman; would have voted for him in the primary, but I think he had dropped out, by then. I really wish Lieberman had won his party's nomination, instead of Kerry. I respect Lieberman a lot, but Kerry is just...Ugh. The Senate hearings on the Commission's report begin today.

I have to say, though, I don't like it when people say that 'We must be prepared, so we can prevent another attack.'

The problem with this statement is, no matter how well prepared we are, all it takes is one successful attack to cause accusations to fly that 'We were caught with our pants down; it's X group's fault that we weren't prepared to defend ourselves, and people died because of it,' etc.

There is no such thing as being prepared enough or 'safe,' and to imply that there is, is to set oneself up for criticism from the other side, no matter how good the defenses in place are.

Both political factions in the US would be equally guilty of blame-laying against each other, and it's just stupid. Neither side should ever say that we are prepared enough or safe. All it will take is one attack, and suddenly, we will be just as unsafe as we ever were. Much as I like Bush, it's hypocrisy for him or anyone to claim that. There is always room for failure, and once you fail, the vultures will close in. Once you fail, the fear is back, and 'safety' is revealed as the gossamer-thin illusion it is.

If it were me on the campaign trail, my speech would be: "We are not safe, and we never will be. We are, we hope, safer, with better intelligence-gathering capabilities than we had and better guardianship of our ports, but this country is by no means safe. No country is. The key to preventing further attacks is vigilance--not vigilantism--from all of our citizens. Government can do a lot, but it cannot do it all."

I mean seriously--How did those terrorists get onto those airplanes in the first place? The whole plot could have been foiled so easily at the airports' x-ray scaners. But we were too complacent; we didn't think to ask why those people were going onto the planes with box-cutters in their pockets or carry-on luggage. Sure, we can blame the government for letting those people into the country, but part of it is our responsibility, too. We the people are the last line of defense, and we should remember it.

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